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The Love Season

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,162 Ratings  ·  469 Reviews
When Renata, newly engaged to a wealthy Nantucket summer boy, comes to the island to visit her fiancee's family, she decides to confront her tragic past. She goes against her fathers wishes and visits Marguerite, the godmother shes been forbidden to see her entire lifethe one person who can unlock the mystery surrounding her mothers untimely death. But Marguerites life is ...more
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Jun 03, 2011 skein rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star, 2011
I dunno who the (expletive) titled this book, but they were on crack.

A frustrating read. Hilderbrand apparently operates under the delusion that a book takes only a few stock characters and a hint of mysterious mystery that isn't explained until the very end, bake at 500 degrees for fifteen minutes stir twice, success!
Why, Elin? (Can I call you Elin?) You had the ingredients for creme brulee au chocolat and you settled for microwave brownies. WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO YOURSELF? & more import
Jun 27, 2011 Marleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So far I’ve read five other Elin Hilderbrand’s books and I generally enjoy her stories set on Nantucket. Hilderbrand’s writing style is fluent and very pleasant. In my opinion, she’s quite good in creating cozy atmospheres. So, I have not (yet) grown tired of this author, and maybe I never will. Eventhough I didn’t like “The Love Season” as much as her other books, it was still an okay read and I was interested to get to the end.
The reason why I wasn’t enthralled with this story has everything
Margie Rogers
It's hard to finish a book when you don't like the characters you are reading about. I did finish, but even then I was disappointed at the abrupt ending.
I was very dismayed at the behavior of Renata. How much in love with Cade could she have been if she was eying Miles from the minute she meet him? Not what you would expect of a newly engaged 19 year old, where is her depth? The tantrum in the kitchen was so far over the top, that I almost put the book down right there. The only reason I kept r
Carol Brill
Hard not to admire an author who can write a 294 page novel that takes place in one day. Not my favorite Elin Hilderbrand novel. Liked the last quarter better than the rest of the story.
Yvette (hooked on the nook)
In my opinion the way Erin captured Margo's character as a chef and the delightful description of all the different food variations that swirled in her head constantly as a way of describing emotions and events of life made this a good read.
Mar 29, 2011 Holli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Love Season is another great one by Ms. Hilderbrand! I really love her books. This one took place over the course of two days but flip flopped between current happenings and past recollections from the characters so it was like two stories in one. The character development was exquisite and I couldn't wait to learn their secrets. The only thing I wished for while reading was more.... more development, more story, more background..... but what she gave her readers was still good.
Oct 05, 2014 Joan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Of the books I've read my Hilderbrand this one I didn't like. Marguerite meets Porter in Paris. They are a couple in Marguerite's mind. His sister, Candace is her best friend. After 15 years, Porter tells Marguerite he is marrying another. (It shouldn't be a shock, he sees Marguerite only in the summer and is pictured in the newspapers with many other women.) Candace is killed by a drunk driver while trying to console Marguerite. Renata, Candace's daughter returns to Nantucket after 15 years and ...more
Champaign Public Library
Recommended by Danotra B.

I finished this about a month ago and after leaving my friends behind (the characters in the book) I am still thinking about them.

This book is a love story or as we do with our fingers a “quotations marks” a quote, unquote romance. When I read a book the characters become my friends, and if a writer is really good, then they introduce you and allow you to really get to know them. I am a person who likes people and wants to know the rest of the story. I am not a fair weat
False Millennium
I read this book in one day. That seems to be my average with her work--one to two days. The story takes place on Nantucket, for the most part, all on one day in August. There is a former chef, young fiances, lovers, ex-lovers, accidental deaths and missed opportunities. The love of work, the love in friendship, love in marriage and love of place. The usual Hilderbrand touches appear--name dropped shops, loving descriptions of food, beaches, nature, hydrangeas--what would a Nantucket book be wit ...more
Kim Weiss
Jun 30, 2015 Kim Weiss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminds me a little bit of the movie "Notes on a Scandal," where a lonely older woman becomes attached--perhaps too attached--a younger friend. Marguerite or Daisy is the rare heroine who is not attractive and/or a man magnet. This is not common in any genre of women's fiction--certainly the other two female characters (Candace and Renata) had no problem attracting straight guys or lesbians for that matter.

Daisy was different, however. She had only one lover in her life and her only fr
May 01, 2015 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had high hopes for this book based on others I've read in the past by Hilderbrand, but it unfortunately didn’t meet my standards, mainly because of the style it was written in. If Hilderbrand chose a different approach the story could have been very moving. While some parts I struggled to read through, the looming mystery got me to the end, which ended up extremely unsatisfying.

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Amanda B
It took me a while to commit to this book, I'm truly struggling. I don't find most YA books completely stimulating any more, and this seemed like a more mature read. After finishing it, I neither felt love for my characters, or apathy. It's just finished and it wasn't terribly moving. All in all it was a nice story. As a woman in my twenties I can relate in a way about that best friend you love with your whole heart. How marriage and family forges a fork in the midst no one speaks of, and how it ...more
Farrah Cole
I generally enjoy Elin Hildebrand's novels as they are well written and slightly deeper than regular chick lit. However, that being said, I feel like this novel was the weakest one of hers that I've read so far. Don't get me wrong, there's lots to like in this novel: Nantucket, the care with which the food scenes are written, the writing of Marguerite (Daisy) and Renata's characters. But overall, the usual magic that her novels have seemed to be lacking in this one. I thought the relationship wi ...more
Sep 09, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was somewhat difficult for me to read. I have not read a book in a long time where the storyline is backwards. I would not say there were a lot of ups and downs however I do feel that there were many details that lead to a life of depression and anxiety. You took the main character who blamed her best friend's death on herself in many different ways. And to think she told her story to her goddaughter. It was amazing the feats that were overcome within such a minute part of the book. I ...more
May 31, 2014 Maryann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I could only give this one an ok. It had some elements I do like -- such as peculiarity in characters, but overall it was depressing. The author has written other books I've enjoyed quite a bit more. I guess there was just too much regret in the reminiscing in this one.
Jun 12, 2014 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
eh... Hilderbrand can rank herself up there with all the children's and YA authors who love to have a motherless protagonist. This one was just so-so. I do like all of the food she includes in her books. I gave it an extra star because of the food.
Kathy Saunders
This early story of Hilderbrand's takes place in one day and spans decades.
Marguerite Beale, former chef of a culinary restaurant on Nantucket, has been out of the public eye for more than a decade. This all changes with a phone call from Marguerite's godchild Renata. Marguerite has not seen Renata since the death of her mother, Candace, fourteen years earlier. Now that Renata is on Nantucket visiting the family of her fiance, she takes the opportunity against her father's wishes,to contact Marg
Aug 29, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elin Hildebrand's latest entry is a complex, haunting novel that centers on the various themes of love that manifest throughout life. Romantic love, friendships, and sexual relationships are explored through the eyes of two main characters, Marguerite and Renata. Marguerite's life is told in flashbacks that cover decades, while Renata's story evolves over the course of 24 hours. Both women encounter love in its many forms, and as their lives intersect at the end of the day to resolve unanswered ...more
Jul 11, 2008 Jenny marked it as stopped-reading  ·  review of another edition
I had to put it down because I just can't get into it at this point. I hope to pick it up again soon.
Aug 26, 2015 Jencey/ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It would not be Beach Read season if I did not include an Elin Hilderbrand novel. Recently this story was published by St. Martin’s Press in a novel titled One Summer. For the purposes of this review and at the author’s request I will be reviewing the Love Season separately from the other story in the novel.
Renata has asked to see her Godmother Marguerite who she has not seen in fourteen years since the death of her mother Candace. Marguerite suggests dinner and since she is a chef and
Ah, kind of sad, definitely.
The story is told over a 24 hour time span. It's also split into two stories, Renata who has just gotten engaged and decides to visit her godmother who she hasn't seen since her mom died 15 years earlier.
Then, Marguerite, who is Renata's godmother. Renata's father has forbidden her to contact Marguerite her entire life. But Renata is 19 now and feels like it's time she has questions answered about her mom and her mom's death.

Renata contacts Marguerite about meeting up
Feb 21, 2015 Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy cooking this book is a perfect recipe!!
Sep 16, 2012 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of her best twists at the end. Loved it!
Not her best, but I did enjoy it!
Molly Ahonen
Well this was the third or fourth Elin Hilderbrand book I've read but I didn't love this one. It was a unique plot and the characters were well developed but I just never fell for them the way I have in previous books by her. The whole book was a two day span of time. And usually I like when a book jumps from past to present and character to character but this book just felt bogged down by getting to what every character was thinking and doing at each hour of those two days. Overall, not the bes ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elin Hilderbrand does not disappoint in delivering a fun summer chick lit book! But wait, her books are not the typical "summer" reads you may see around...she actually writes very well, beautifully descriptive! The characters are interesting and each well developed. The plot is also interesting. I wanted to make that distinction that is more than the average "beach" read!

With that said, I enjoyed Love Season, I really enjoy books with 2 stories being told simultaneously. They hold my attention
Jackie Stanton
Dec 26, 2012 Jackie Stanton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The more I read of Hilderbrand's novels, all set in Nantucket, the more I appreciate the diversity of her storytelling. "The Love Season" takes place over a 24 hour period and is told from the viewpoints of the two main characters, Marguerite and Renata (godmother and goddaughter) after a 14 year separation. Thought it contains some themes common to Hilderbrand's other novels (the restaurant business, the sea, Nantucket social life, etc.), it focuses on Marguerite's struggle to maintain her sani ...more
Feb 19, 2011 Denise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I wouldn't describe Love Season as a great piece of fiction, I found it to be a fast, okay read. I easily transitioned to place, time, and characters. The narrative toggled back and forth between the 2 main female characters and added depth and suspense to story.

My biggest gripe was my disappointment and irritation with both Renata and Marguerite for allowing themselves to be treated so poorly by their significant others. In hindsight, after her secret is unveiled at the end of the story,
Aug 24, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just who is Marguerite Beale, one time chef of once hot Les Parapluies, a trendy Nantucket restaurant? This novel tells us that and more. The chef has kept herself in her house on the island, until her godchild, Renata, calls to announce that, while on the island meeting her newly affianced parents, she wants to visit Marguerite (or Daisy, as she is known by familiars) to find out anything she can about her mother, who died when she was about five. This is the story of Renata’s day on the island ...more
Oct 14, 2011 Jennefer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elin Hilderbrand's is one of my favorite authors! This being said, she doesn't disappoint in The Love Season. This novel takes place on the lovely Nantucket Island. The story spans only twenty-four hours, yet covers decades of information. In those twenty-four hours, the main characters Marguerite Beale and Renata Knox will face their past as well as each other.

The story introduces nineteen-year-old Renata Knox who hasn't seen her godmother, Marguerite Beale, since the death of her mother, Cand
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Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.
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